Amendments to NZQA Rules to reflect the Reform of Vocational Education

16 Apr 2020

The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) consulted directly with the tertiary education sector from 3 to 23 March 2020 on proposed amendments to NZQA Rules.

The amendments reflect the intent of the Reform of Vocational Education (RoVE) and align the Rules with the Education (Vocational Education and Training Reform) Amendment Act 2020 (the Act).

Which Rules have been amended?

The following NZQA Rules have been amended:

These Rule changes will come into effect on 23 April 2020.

The amendments are mostly technical and reflect the legal status and functions of the new organisations as set out in the Act.

See the NZQA Rules page for pdfs showing the 2020 amendments.

What are the changes?

Changes include:

  • An amendment to the NZQF PAA Rules 2018 which ensures a copy of the relevant endorsement is supplied with an application for programme approval where the Education Act requires the programme to be given a Workforce Development Council (WDC) endorsement.
  • Wānanga only require programme endorsement by a WDC if a wānanga requests the endorsement, or if the programme includes a component of work-based training.
  • The addition of a definition for “industry qualifications” to the NZQF PAA Rules 2018 which reflects the WDCs’ role to develop and maintain these qualifications for listing on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework.
  • An amendment to the NZQF PAA Rules 2018 which makes clear how the NZQF PAA Rules and the NZQF Industry TP Rules 2020 work together in relation to the accreditation of the industry training programmes.
  • An amendment to Rule 3.1 of the NZQF Industry TP Rules 2012 which removes the definition of an industry training programme that relates to the repealed Industry Training and Apprenticeships Act 1992 and replaces it with reference to the Act.
  • Minor amendments of all six Rule sets which reflect the establishment of the New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology (NZIST) and WDCs, and changes in the legal status of the ITPs and ITOs (to NZIST subsidiaries and transitional ITOs respectively).

Further information

If you have any questions regarding these changes please contact

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